By Leonie Wood
Steve Vizard had all of it: wealth, reputation and gear, in equivalent and bold proportions . . .Once a favored, fast-quipping television comic and Gold Logie winner, a attorney and much-loved kin guy who had even been topped 'Father of the Year', Vizard had turn into a relied on neighborhood hero. at the forums of numerous businesses, together with Telstra, Vizard appeared to be occupied with each element of public and company existence. and during the charitable Vizard starting place, he used to be noticeable to foster paintings and different reliable causes.Then a few curious cheque transactions and the invention of six mysterious work in Vizard's own files prompted investigations into Vizard's former bookkeeper, Roy Hilliard, who, it became out, had swindled on the subject of $3 million from Vizard over a number of years. yet Hilliard knew plenty of secrets and techniques approximately his outdated boss, and whilst confronted with felony fees he hit again not easy, accusing the businessman of unlawful proportion bargains and extra. He portrayed Vizard as a grasp of deception whose public picture used to be a charade; Hilliard depicted himself as in simple terms the businessman's dupe. Vizard, although, observed it very differently.In this compelling tale of Vizard's fall from grace, Leonie wooden seeks to discover the fellow in the back of the general public character, and to reply to the query at the lips of many: why did he do it? was once it greed, audacity or sheer stupidity? And what can we fairly find out about Steve Vizard?
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It was staged over four weeks at the university’s Guild Theatre. The success of simply performing—of getting up and giving it a go—no doubt would have been exhilarating and addictive, but Vizard wasn’t about to toss away a potential legal career just to indulge himself in the limelight. For now, he could and would do both. Vizard finally graduated from Melbourne University in late 1980, armed with a few first class honours for subjects in law and arts plus 19 Funny Business TEXT PAGES 25/9/07 8:13 AM Page 20 Funny Business a work record that included two years as a tutor at St Mary’s College and a short spell as a travelling salesman selling socks and jocks.
Vizard demonstrated all of these frustrating elements on Tonight Live. The show was intended to be a little chaotic, a little disorganised, and Vizard too could be bumbling, edgy and distracted. But at least in the early days his jumbled manner was captivating and his nervous energy was engaging. The show totally revolved around him. The studio cameras sought him out, and when the camera was not paying Vizard attention the viewers hungered to find out how he was reacting; they fed off his vitality.
But the offices, most conveniently, were tucked away in Little Collins Street just behind the prestigious Australia Club, only one block from Melbourne’s law precinct and one block from the wealthy stockbroking and commerce houses of Collins Street. It was convenient because for someone just starting to feel his way in the world, this corner of Melbourne was a networkers’ paradise. Lunchtimes could be spent simply getting out and about, making connections, yarning with bright young lawyers and ambitious financiers, enjoying the social game.